Stevens set for Sarries bow
January 28, 2011
Matt Stevens packs down during his outing for the Sarries reserves on Monday night © Getty Images
Matt Stevens is set to make his return to top-flight rugby after a two-year drugs ban in Saracens' Anglo-Welsh Cup clash with the Scarlets on Saturday.
The former England prop, who tested positive for cocaine in December 2008, has been named on the bench for the game in Llanelli after playing 53 minutes of an Aviva A-League game against Wasps at Old Albanians on Monday night.
The 28-year-old tight-head, who was capped 32 times by his country, is expected to featured at some point against the undefeated Scarlets, who top Pool 3. Sarries, meanwhile, lie second in Pool 2 after a draw and a defeat in their opening two games in the competition. Mark McCall's men lie two points adrift of the Newport Gwent Dragons, who face Sale at Edgeley Park on Friday night in a match that is now likely to draw added media attention following the news that Dragons boss Paul Turner has been suspended ahead of an investigation into disciplinary matters.
Meanwhile, there are four games on Saturday. Aside from the aforementioned clash between Scarlets and Saracens, Newcastle travel to Bath, Exeter host Leicester while compatriots Cardiff and Ospreys collide in the Welsh capital.
On Sunday, Leeds welcome Gloucester to Headingley, London Irish take on high-flying Northampton at the Madejski and Harlequins make the short trip to Adams Park to tackle London rivals Wasps.
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